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According to Sustainable Aviation the UK aviation sector generates turnover of £60.6 billion, it invests over £15 million annually in charity, community and good causes and £1.7 billion is invested in Research & Development annually, with significant spin off benefits flowing out to other sectors and industries.

Injury Statistics within the Aviation Industry

In 2014, HSE Statistics estimated that during the period 2013/2014 there was 918 workplace injuries within Air Transportation. With 823 injured employees averaging over 7 days off through injury which equates to 89.6% of the total injuries in air transportation. With each injury, the average cost is around £7,400. incredibly 39% of these injuries occur when manual handling (Lifting, Carrying) various loads.


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Current Affairs

The Daily Mail stated that Heathrow Airport is the busiest in Europe and one of the busiest on the globe. Pheonix Compactors have commented on Heathrow in saying they have set a goal to recycle 70% of its 25,000 tonnes of waste a year by 2020. Their current strategy is to recycle as much as possible, or, as an alternative, to recover energy from it. It has made progress with this strategy with 46% recycling rates in 2014, up from 30% in 2011. In 2015, Heathrow undertook a study of 100 tonnes of waste to analyse exactly what they were dealing with. As a result, the airport is now working with the airlines, IATA and Sustainable Aviation to encourage regulators to permit recycling of cabin waste instead of incinerating it. The airport also has a scheme to collect waste cooking oil from the airport’s restaurants to turn it into biodiesel which is used by companies around the airport as stated by Heathrow. That’s a lot of manual handling which also comes with risk of injury…



What this means for Business

Effects of Business

With the Injury rate to employees so low compared to the UK average of 1,920 injuries for every 100,000 the immediate effects are subtle. When a fellow Employee injures themselves, it may seem like the turbulence stops with a doctor’s appointment and a few days off however, the productivity and economic gain will be missed from the injured employee. Furthering this there will be an adverse effect on the organisations net profit, and with each employee averaging a cost of £7,400 per injury which equates to over £6.5 million of costs, you can understand why organisations are looking at reducing the injury rate.

Effects on Employees

The cost may not substantially effect the multi-billion-pound transportation organisations but, to those hit by injury within the workplace will feel the effects and injuries can limit mobility, and can have an impact adversely on productivity of the injured employee. This could be something simple such as stopping social time with friends and family over a day or two, or could leave the employee needing physio for an extensive period in which it can further affect your mental health too. As creatures of habit, we don’t like to be sat around doing nothing for months on end not knowing when you will get better.

Benefits of improving the Injury Rate

Benefits of improving the rate of injury within aviation would help lighten the load of tasks delegated to workers. Improving the rate of injury would also allow the organisation to cut costs, allowing them to distribute the compensation into other departments within the organisation and ultimately improve the revenue of the organisation.


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S-Craft Workplace Equipment UK Ltd: Solution

At S-Craft Workplace Equipment UK Ltd, the sole distributer of Bin Tippers within the UK, we can provide a whole package of safety equipment for manual handling. More specifically the lifting, carrying and handling processes for a diverse range of loads. We offer a whole process in which the manual handling of loads will be minimised, thanks to our Fully Powered Pallet Trucks, Electric Tugs, Automatic Bin Tippers, Wheelie Bins and Storage Units available providing a fantastic array of equipment to help decrease the rate of injuries, saving time and money which increases efficiency. This solution could help the Air Transportation industry by lowering Injury rates and decreasing costs.

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